Lifestyle behaviors including smoking cessation, physical activity (PA) and alcohol moderation are important aspects of a cancer survivorship program. We assessed cancer patient (pt) interest and perceptions of programs for these behaviours.
501 cancer pts from all subtypes were surveyed on their smoking, PA and alcohol consumption patterns along with their interest and perceptions for programs for these behaviors. Multivariable logistic regression models identified factors associated with pt interest and perceptions.
At diagnosis, 115 pts smoked; 41% had second hand smoke (SHS) exposure; 238 were drinking alcohol; 313 did not meet PA guidelines. At risk individuals’ (e.g, smokers for smoking cessation, exposed to SHS for household smoking cessation) survey results are shown in the table. Perceptions of how these behaviors impact quality of life, survival and fatigue was not associated with program interest (P > 0.05). However, pts perceiving that alcohol worsened and PA improved these outcomes were more to likely believe associated programs are beneficial (alcohol aORs = 2.1-2.2 P
About half of pts feel that lifestyle behavior programs would be beneficial and should be part of routine care. These factors were more important than perception of the behaviors on outcomes in influencing pt interest. Initial discussions with pts should focus on discussing benefits of these programs.
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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.